The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel – Michael Scott

Twins Sophie and Josh take summer jobs in San Francisco across the street from one another: she at a coffee shop, he at a bookstore owned by Nick and Perry Fleming. In the vey first chapter, armed goons storm the bookshop, take Perry hostage and swipe the rare book, The Codex. They discover that Nick Fleming is really Nicholas Flamel, the 14th-century alchemist.  Sophie and Josh also learn that they are mentioned in the Codex’s prophecies: “The two that are one will come either to save or to destroy the world.”

I really enjoyed this fast paced fantasy.  It was amazing how Scott managed to blend real life with elements like golems, goddesses, and immortality.  This is an exciting and educational (but in a good way! – mythology, etc.) book.   – Jessica, Teen Librarian


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